Mae L'Heureux is a suicide prevention and mental health awareness advocate. Born and raised in Southern Maine, Mae completed her undergraduate studies at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts where she was heavily involved in campus ministry and peer health advocacy efforts. After college, Mae completed a Year of Service in Omaha, Nebraska through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. After a year in Omaha, Mae traveled to Melbourne, Florida to intern with the internationally-renowned mental health nonprofit organization: To Write Love On Her Arms. Mae returned to Maine in January of 2016 and worked as an Adult Mental Health Case Manager in Portland before joining the team at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine Chapter in April of 2017.
After holding multiple roles at NAMI Maine, Mae is now the Youth Mental Health Programs Manager where she is able to unite her passion of suicide prevention with her dream of empowering youth to take charge of their own wellness. Mae graduated with her Master's in Public Health from the University of New England in May 2019 and she strongly believes in eradicating the barriers that prevent people from seeking help for mental health concerns. Mae wants to normalize the conversation around suicide to help others feel less alone in their pain. Additionally, Mae serves the Student Assembly (SA) of the American Public Health Association (APHA) as the Treasurer and she has the opportunity to train audiences across the State of Maine in both Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).
Mae has also been recently certified as a local trainer for the student-led suicide prevention program Sources of Strength. Now living in Augusta, Mae spends her free time eating donuts, watching kitten videos on social media, reading, writing, crocheting, going to the gym, and traveling.